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452. Café Revolution: Better than Fair Trade

13 years ago US natives Matt Earley and Mike Moon started working intermittently in the Chiapas region of Mexico. The men were there to support the Zapatista movement underway, but their involvement quickly took on a new and specific form. Seeking ways to improve economic stability, the little coffee communities around Pantelho, Chiapas organized into […]

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444. Essential food for thought

With food shortages and climate change altering how we eat, food footprints have never carried more gravity. Everything we consume has an ecological and sociological price, from the labour needed to make it, to the packaging materials, the oil for transportation, or the chemicals used to enhance products. But organic, vegetarian and ethical foods can […]

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361. Maximizing farmer benefits

Linking its farmer members to local, regional and national markets – thereby doing away with the middlemen who profit at the expense of the farmers – is the key to the success of agricultural cooperatives. The latest report from the FAO on hunger released on October 9, shows that 870 million people do not have […]

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316. Transparent and sustainable: Cooperative Coffees

Coffee is the most important export of the tropical nations of the world, and the primary export of a number of developing countries. When Bill Harris walked through the door of a coffee farmers’ co-operative in the highlands Chiapas region of Mexico, he met Monika Firl who was working there. Later, following many conversations about […]

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314. Rooibos Farmers Join Together to Fight Marginalization, Discrimination and Climate Change

The Suid Bokkeveld has a harsh climate, baking in the summer but with frequent winter frosts and droughts. Yet the gentle rains and acidic soils make it a favoured environment for Aspalathus linearis, commonly known as rooibos or red bush. The plant is used to make a herbal tea, long popular in Southern Africa and […]